Archive for December 2nd, 2011

If you’re a seafood buyer I’m sure you are aware of BAP or at least you should be

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Today’s post is by Ryan Melowic Director of Customer Services at SafeSourcing.

To sponsor responsible practices through the aquaculture industry, the Global Aquaculture Alliance organizes the development of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for farms, processing facilities, feed mills and hatcheries.

This certification for seafood means the facilities that raised and/or processed the seafood adhere to the Best Aquaculture Practices standards for responsible aquaculture.  BAP standards cover the environment, social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability.

The BAP mark currently appears on packages of frozen and prepared tilapia, shrimp and channel catfish.  The mark contains one to four stars, which represent the level of program participation.  In addition, a certification number is on the right side of the mark indicates where the product was processed.
Best Aquaculture Practices certification has been adopted by major companies in the global food market at the wholesale and retail levels. Top Companies have required Best Aquaculture Practices certification for their shrimp suppliers. Additional companies in the United States, Canada and other countries support BAP in various ways.

For more information on companies that hold this certification, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service Representative.  

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